• Confidence is crucial in the workplace. Self-assured people just seem to breeze through life, and success comes to them easily. But not everyone is naturally confident. Here are 10 body language tweaks that will convince others you are brimming with confidence - even if you're shy, introverted, or suffer from low self esteem.

    Confidence is crucial in the workplace. Self-assured people just seem to breeze through life, and success comes to them easily. But not everyone is naturally confident. Here are 10 body language tweaks that will convince others you are brimming with confidence - even if you're shy, introverted, or suffer from low self esteem.

  • STAND TALL:  Keep your chin up and stand tall. Fearful people tend to bow their heads. Show off your confidence by keeping your head up.

    STAND TALL: Keep your chin up and stand tall. Fearful people tend to bow their heads. Show off your confidence by keeping your head up.

  • SMILE:  Smiling not only makes you seem more confident, it also makes you appear more trustworthy and attractive.

    SMILE: Smiling not only makes you seem more confident, it also makes you appear more trustworthy and attractive.

  • DON’T CROSS YOUR ARMS:  Crossing your arms looks defensive to others as it’s a stance that shows you are trying to protect yourself. Keep your arms open to show you have nothing to fear.

    DON’T CROSS YOUR ARMS: Crossing your arms looks defensive to others as it’s a stance that shows you are trying to protect yourself. Keep your arms open to show you have nothing to fear.

  • …OR YOUR LEGS:  Similarly, crossing your legs away from another person can suggest you dislike them or feel uncomfortable. Confident people turn towards their companions.

    …OR YOUR LEGS: Similarly, crossing your legs away from another person can suggest you dislike them or feel uncomfortable. Confident people turn towards their companions.

  • STRONG HANDSHAKE:  A firm handshake is a universal sign of confidence. Don’t go to far, however. Crushing the proffered hand will show you can’t control your nerves.

    STRONG HANDSHAKE: A firm handshake is a universal sign of confidence. Don’t go to far, however. Crushing the proffered hand will show you can’t control your nerves.

  • PLANT YOUR FEET:  When you stand with your feet together, it can give the impression that you lack confidence. Widen your stance, keep your knees neutral, and you’ll appear solid and self-assured.

    PLANT YOUR FEET: When you stand with your feet together, it can give the impression that you lack confidence. Widen your stance, keep your knees neutral, and you’ll appear solid and self-assured.

  • EYE CONTACT:  Looking people in the eye is an easy way to demonstrate your self-assurance. But don’t hold people’s gaze too long as that may seem aggressive.

    EYE CONTACT: Looking people in the eye is an easy way to demonstrate your self-assurance. But don’t hold people’s gaze too long as that may seem aggressive.

  • LOWER YOUR PITCH:  Speakers with high-pitched voices are often seen as less powerful and more anxious than those who with a deeper pitch. Channel your inner Barry White to exude confidence.

    LOWER YOUR PITCH: Speakers with high-pitched voices are often seen as less powerful and more anxious than those who with a deeper pitch. Channel your inner Barry White to exude confidence.

  • DON’T FIDGET:  If you are anxious or uncomfortable, chances are you will fidget and fiddle with things. Cool, calm and collected people stay still, and do not get distracted by little things.

    DON’T FIDGET: If you are anxious or uncomfortable, chances are you will fidget and fiddle with things. Cool, calm and collected people stay still, and do not get distracted by little things.

  • KEEP HANDS OUT OF POCKETS:  When you shove your hands into your pockets, you can appear nervous - or as though you are hiding something. Keep hands visible and, when making gestures, keep palms up to convey honesty and confidence.

    KEEP HANDS OUT OF POCKETS: When you shove your hands into your pockets, you can appear nervous - or as though you are hiding something. Keep hands visible and, when making gestures, keep palms up to convey honesty and confidence.

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10 body language hacks to help you exude confidence

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 26 Mar 2018

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